Vintage Miscellany – April 13, 2014

I hope that all of you are experiencing the wonderful weather of spring, of fall if you are in the Southern Hemisphere.  It’s time to get out of the house and enjoy the flowers and sunshine, and when you return, fix a cold drink and enjoy my meager links.

*   I posted about the “trend” of Normcore a few weeks back, and now it looks like it was just a media invention.

*   A new study proves that stuff does not make us happier.  Who knew?

*   In 1971 Cecil Beaton curated a fashion exhibition that was controversial.  Today, the same type of show is commonplace.

*   A glimpse inside the Clothworkers’ Center for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion, the new textile conservation workshop of the V&A in London.

*   How Sonnet Stanfill from Alaska ended up as a clothing curator at the V&A.

*   The FIT blog has a short post about a wonderful little 1920s catalog of embroidered dress lengths.

*   It looks as if the John  Galliano for de la Renta thing is not going to happen.

Edited:  1920s fabrics were embroidered, not printed as I originally posted.


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2 responses to “Vintage Miscellany – April 13, 2014

  1. Don’t you think everyone goes through a “Normcore” phase when they get out of their 20s and have kids? Though it’s more of a “what can I put on that doesn’t have spit-up-on-it-core”…


  2. Christina

    The 1920’s catalogue is interesting. The price of the embroidered dress lengths made me think about the production costs involved and how these fabrics were sold. There is a fascinating book Dressing Modern Frenchwomen: Marketing French Couture 1919-1939 by Mary Lynn Stewart. It has valuable information about the economics of the French fashion industry during that period.


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